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Superbowl 50: Donald Faison Teams Up With Pepsi For "Camp Halftime"

The comedian/actor is back to train future background dancers to "sparkle and shine" at Superbowl 50's Halftime Show.

Pepsi is returning again as the sponsor of the Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show and is bringing content and experiences to get fans closer to the action.

In homage to one of the most watched pop-culture moments of the year, Pepsi launched "Camp Halftime,” featuring actor/comedian Donald Faison. The four-part comedic series, filmed in partnership with The Kicker (Above Average’s sports comedy site from the makers of SNL and The Tonight Show), will roll out and lead up to the NFL's championship game starting today, Wednesday, Jan. 13.

Faison noted that partnering with Pepsi for this campaign was an easy decision because the company has such an iconic history. Some of his favorite Pepsi ads include actor Michael J. Fox and Michael Jackson and a young Alfonso Ribiero in an unforgettable dance-off.

In this year's ad, Faison plays lead counselor at "Camp Halftime" and background dancer Martin Tulaine. Channeling the passion of Tony-award winning choreographer George Faison for his role, the Scrubs actor coaches a young dancer through her performance and attempts to distract her groove with any obstacles she may face at the Super Bowl, like being in the middle of the football game if halftime runs too long or if Chris Martin's helicopter lands on stage.

"The whole point of the campaign is to get people ready for halftime," says Faison of the campaign, which promotes the highly-anticipated Coldplay performance on Feb. 7. "You can access the videos on pepsi.com and anywhere where Pepsi has a player." Although Faison cannot confirm or deny what may be happening in the upcoming episodes of the series, he assures that since this is Pepsi, it's bound to be something that will get people talking.

Check out the first episode of "Camp Halftime" below.

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With the adventures of Cardi-Set on a fast decline, succeeding the public announcement of the newly married couple's recent separation, Offset penned a sincere adjacent tweet to Belcalis.

Using 17-of-the- 280 characters Twitter allows, the Migos rapper inscribed a five-word message to the "Be Careful" emcee. "F**k yall I miss Cardi," he wrote in eager capitals.

FUCK YALL I MISS CARDI

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Sending fans into a feeding frenzy, the 26-year-old's public message left thousands wondering why he didn't just text her? Reading more like a publicity stunt to promote the "Walk It Talk It" creator's first solo venture the seemingly left-field separation announcement comes days after the twosome were seen canoodling on a secluded island.

Taking the opportunity to set the record straight, the Invasion of Privacy rapper addressed accusations linked to the separation.

“I really don’t like how people say me and my husband—whatever he is right now to me—is doing it for publicity,” said the "five-time Grammy-nominated artist said. “I wouldn’t put my family in a bad name for no f**king publicity, ‘cause at the end of the day, ten years from now, my daughter, she’s gonna be looking at these type of things and she’s gonna be asking me about these type of things.”

Shutting down the speculation surrounding their relationship- status, only time will tell what the future holds for Cardi B and Offset.

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'Queen Sono' Will Be The First African Original Series To Stream On Netflix

Netflix caught some flack over the weekend after it was reported the streaming behemoth shelled out a smooth $100 million to keep the 90s sitcom Friends. However, staying committed to original content IOL Entertainment reports Netflix will take on it first African series.

Titled Queen Sono, actress Pearl Thusi (pictured above at the 2019 Global Citizens festival) will star in the dramedy which finds Thusi portraying a spy motivated to help the lives of her South Africans, while dealing with highs and lows of a personal relationship.

Netflix's Vice President of International Originals Kelly Luegenbiehl who's in charge of content in Europe and Africa expressed excitement over Queen Sono.

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Lil Mama To Bow Wow: "I Will Slap The Sh*t Out Of You"

Her stage name may be Lil Mama, but Niatia Jessica Kirkland calmly yet assertively addressed disparaging comments made about her like an adult.

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"I want to start this off just by saying you played yourself, kid," Mama said. "Bow Wow, you know, that in all the years that I've ever known you, you have never known a n****r to f**k me in a week. So to even give BT advice like 'Oh y'all gonna be f**king in a week.' you're being a clown."

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